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Toyota Avalon sedan III

Mark Phelan: Internet and issues mar admirable Toyota family sedan

If you live in the area, you probably know the Ferndale-Royal Oak neighborhood is an amusement for foodies. From wings to to fine dining, you can’t a carryout bag without hitting a primed to describe the daily It’d be good if you knew because the * * 2013 Toyota touted system for navigation and connectivity drew a blank I asked it to find nearby

There are no points of interest in category near here, the nav announced as I sat in the parking lot of One-Eyed Web searches through the car’s and Open Table apps similar results. I could the signature Sweaty Betty and Peppers sizzling 50 feet but Toyota’s Entune system find the place, or any of the other within a block.

The system’s shortcomings combine with interior fit and finish to reduce the of what’s otherwise a good, fuel-efficient family sedan.

The drive Avalon is Toyota’s car, longer, roomier and expensive than the Camry. start at $30,990 for a base with a 264-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 and automatic transmission. Toyota builds a 200-horsepower hybrid starts at $35,555.

I tested a loaded V6 Avalon that stickered at $41,654 and features like perforated seats, adaptive cruise and Entune, which promises to Bing, Pandora radio and Internet services. All prices destination charges.

The Avalon with big family sedans the Buick LaCrosse, Chevrolet Dodge Charger, Ford Hyundai Azera and V6 versions of the VW

The V6 Avalon has the best fuel by a wide margin. Its EPA ratings of 21 in the city, 31 on the highway and 25 combined are 2 better on the key combined score a comparably equipped Charger, Azera or Passat, and 4 m.p.g. than a V6 LaCrosse.

The EPA hasn’t fuel economy ratings for the 2014 Impala yet. The goes on sale this

The Avalon’s V6 generates less than its competitors, but the car I tested confidently, shifted smoothly and was capable in fast highway I noticed a slight vibration in the wheel at 2,000-2,600 engine but the engine was otherwise unobtrusive.

An Eco mode adjusts the throttle and transmission to boost fuel while a Sport button those systems in the opposite for quicker acceleration and enthusiastic The Sport mode is quite

The suspension is tuned for comfort. It the ride over bumpy and minimizes body roll in The Avalon squatted noticeably on its rear wheels under acceleration.

The sport setting adjusts the steering, adding to a system that’s responsive but light in its normal mode.

The compartment offers good leg and shoulder room for front and occupants. The 16.0-cubic-foot trunk is than those the LaCrosse and offer, but smaller than in the ’14 Impala, Charger, and Azera. The trunk opening is a bit

The instruments are large and easy to Soft materials in contrasting cover the doors and dash. The between some interior were too large, however.

Entune combines voice with Internet connectivity your smartphone. Toyota’s of the new system, which is its answer to Intellilink, Chrysler’s Uconnect and Sync.

The voice recognition is good for hands-free phone and navigation. The Internet function did not as well. The apps folder on the screen that linked to Pandora Radio, Open and other apps failed to several times and required updates at least three over the course of four

The apps’ operation was poor. In Entune requires you to download its app and a new account to use any of the services. Vehicles other brands offering work with the apps I had.

A patient and helpful representative who trains dealerships how to use Entune gave up several of his weekend in repeated phone to trouble-shoot the system, but it never as well as it should.

Somewhere in the folks responsible for MyFord and Sync are nodding sympathetically. they and Toyota should a support group. On second maybe their customers

Contact Mark Phelan: or at mmphelan@freepress.com .

More Details: Toyota Avalon Limited

drive five-passenger midsize

Price as tested: $41,654 destination charge)

Rating: * * of four stars)

Reasons to Fuel economy, passenger looks

Shortcomings: Operation of and navigation apps, fit and finish

EPA fuel economy ratings

automatic transmission models)

Avalon Limited: 21 m.p.g. m.p.g. highway/25 m.p.g. Regular fuel.

Buick Touring . 17 m.p.g. city/27 highway/21 m.p.g. combined. fuel.

Dodge Charger SE eight-speed transmission): 19 m.p.g. m.p.g. highway/23 m.p.g. Regular fuel.

Volkswagen V6 SEL . 20 m.p.g. city/28 m.p.g. m.p.g. combined. Premium

Toyota Avalon sedan III

2013 Toyota Avalon at a

Vehicle type: Front-wheel five-passenger sedan

Power: 3.5-liter V6; 200-horsepower hybrid

Six-speed automatic


Price range: $30,990-$41,400 options and destination charges)

Key on vehicle tested

Standard Antilock brakes; stability brake assist; electronic distribution; blind spot and alert; backup camera, object detection; curtain air front and rear seat air bags; knee air bags; alloy wheels; high-intensity fog lights; LED daytime running auto-dimming side mirrors puddle lamps; power sun rain-sensing windshield wipers; climate control with air and rear vents; hard-disc with touch screen, recognition, Internet connectivity; JBL with AM/FM/CD and iPod 11 speakers; 90-day XM satellite service; perforated leather heated and ventilated front heated rear seats; mirrors, locks and windows; driver seat with manual tilt and telescope wheel; pushbutton start; eco and normal driving modes; rear sunshade.

Options: cruise control; pre-collision automatic high beams; aid kit; carpeted floor and trunk mat.

2013 Avalon Limited

Front-wheel five-passenger sedan

Base $39,650

Price as tested: (excluding destination charge)

Safety equipment: Antilock stability control; brake electronic brake-force distribution; spot and cross-traffic alert; camera, rear object curtain air bags; front and seat thorax air bags; and front passenger knee air

Optional: Radar-based pre-collision for safety belts and brakes.

as tested

EPA fuel economy 21 m.p.g. city/31 highway/25 Regular fuel.

Curb 3,461 pounds

Where Georgetown, Ky.

Toyota Avalon sedan III
Toyota Avalon sedan III
Toyota Avalon sedan III

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